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General County Information

Background to Counties

Until the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya on 27th August, 2010, the country was divided into 8 provinces. Article 6 of the Constitution establishes 47 counties as the units of devolved government. According to Article 174 of the Constitution, devolution has the following objects:

(a) to promote democratic and accountable exercise of power;

(b) to foster national unity by recognising diversity;

(c) to give powers of self-governance to the people and enhance the participation of the people in the exercise of the powers of the State and in making decisions affecting them;

(d) to recognise the right of communities to manage their own affairs and to further their development;

(e) to protect and promote the interests and rights of minorities and marginalised communities;

(f) to promote social and economic development and the provision of proximate, easily accessible services throughout Kenya;

(g) to ensure equitable sharing of national and local resources throughout Kenya;

(h) to facilitate the decentralisation of State organs, their functions and services, from the capital of Kenya; and

(i) to enhance checks and balances and the separation of powers.

Apart from the Constitution, the following pieces of legislation have been enacted to facilitate implementation of devolution:

  • Basic Education Act, No 14 of 2013
  • The National Government Constituencies Development Fund Act, No. 30 of 2015
  • County Governments Act, No. 17 of 2012
  • County Governments Public Finance Management Transition Act, No 8 of 2013
  • Intergovernmental Relations Act, No. 2 of 2012
  • National Government Co-ordination Act, No. 1 of 2013
  • Public Finance Management Act, No. 18 of 2012
  • Transition to Devolved Government Act, No. 7 of 2013
  • Urban Areas and Cities Act, No. 13 of 2011
  • Public Service (Values and Principles) (No.1A of 2015)

The devolved system of government was operationalized after the country’s general elections held in March, 2013. Turkana is the largest county while Mombasa is the smallest one. The table below provides the basic information about the 47 counties.

Code County Former Province Size (Km2) Population (NPHC 2009)

 

Capital  Governor  Deputy Governor Women Representative Main Economic Activities
001 Mombasa (County) Coast 212.5 939,370 Mombasa (City) H.E Hon Ali Hassan Joho H.E Dr. William Kingi Kazungu Asha Hussein Mohamed
002 Kwale Coast 8,270.3 649,931 Kwale H.E Salim Mvurya Mgala H.E Fatuma Mohamed Achani Zuleikha Ju Ma Hassan
003 Kilifi Coast 12,245.9 1,109,735 Kilifi H.E Hon Amason Jeffah Kingi EGH H.E Gideon Edmund Saburi Gertrude Mbeyu Mwanyanje
004 Tana River Coast 35,375.8 240,075 Hola H.E Maj.(RTD) Dhadho Gaddae

Godhan

H.E Kea Batuyu Salim Rehema Hassan
005 Lamu Coast 6,497.7 101,539 Lamu H.E Fahim Yasin Twaha H.E Abdulhakim Aboud Bwana Ruweida Mohamed Obo
006 Taita–Taveta Coast 17,083.9 284,657 Mwatate H.E Granton Graham Samboja H.E Majala Mlagui Delina Lydia Haika Mnene Mizighi
007 Garissa North Eastern 45,720.2 623,060 Garissa H.E Ali Bunow Korane CBS H.E Abdi Muhumed Agane Anab Mohamed Gure
008 Wajir North Eastern 55,840.6 661,941 Wajir H.E Hon. Amb. Mohamed Abdi Mahamud EGH H.E Ahmed Muktar Fatuma Gedi Ali
009 Mandera North Eastern 25,797.7 1,025,756 Mandera H.E Cpt. Ali Ibrahim Roba H.E HON. Arai Mohamed Ahmed Amina Gedow Hassan
010 Marsabit Eastern 66,923.1 291,166 Marsabit H.E Hon. Mohsmuf Mohamed Ali H.E Solomon Gubo Riwe Safia Sheikh Adan
011 Isiolo Eastern 25,336.1 143,294 Isiolo H.E Mohamed Kuti, EGH H.E Dr. Ibrahim Abdi Issa Rehema Dida Jaldesa
012 Meru Eastern 6,930.1 1,356,301 Meru H.E Hon. Kiraitu Murungi, EGH  H.E Titus Ntuchiu Mutea Kawira Mwangaza
013 Tharaka-Nithi Eastern 2,409.5 365,330 Kathwana H.E HON.Muthomi Njuki  H.E Eng. Francis Nyamu Kagwima Beatrice Nkatha Nyaga
014 Embu Eastern 2,555.9 516,212 Embu H.E Martin Nyaga Wambora H.E David Njeru Kariuki Jane Wanjuki Njiru
015 Kitui Eastern 24,385.1 1,012,709 Kitui H.E Charity Kaluki Ngilu,EGH H.E Gideon Nzau Wathe Irene Muthoni Kasalu
016 Machakos Eastern 5,952.9 1,098,584 Machakos H.E Dr. Alfred Mutua Nganga, CBS H.E ENG. Francis Maliti Wambua Joyce Kamene
017 Makueni Eastern 8,008.9 884,527 Wote H.E Prof. Kivutha Kibwana, EGH H.E Adelina Mwau Ndeto, OGW Rose Museo Mumo
018 Nyandarua Central 3,107.7 596,268 Ol Kalou H.E Francis Thuita Kimemia,EGH CBS HSC H.E Cecilia Wanjiru Mbuthia Faith Wairimu Gitau
019 Nyeri Central 2,361.0 693,558 Nyeri H.E Edward Mutahi Kahiga Rahab Mukami Wachira
020 Kirinyaga Central 1,205.4 528,054 Kerugoya / Kutus H.E Anne Mumbi Waiguru,EGH OGW H.E HON. Peter Njagi Ndambiri Purity Wangui Ngirici
021 Murang’a Central 2,325.8 942,581 Murang’a H.E Mwangi Wa Iria H.E James Kamau Maina Maitu Sabina Wanjiru Chege
022 Kiambu Central 2,449.2 1,623,282 Kiambu H.E Hon Ferdinard Ndungu Waititu H.E James Nyoro Karanja Gathoni Wamuchomba
023 Turkana Rift Valley 71,597.8 855,399 Lodwar H.E Hon Josphat Koli Nanok H.E Peter Lotethiro Emuria Pauline Akai Lokuruka
024 West Pokot Rift Valley 8,418.2 512,690 Kapenguria H.E Prof.John Krop Lonyangapuo H.E Dr. Nicholas Owon Atudonyang Lilian Cheptoo Tomitom
025 Samburu Rift Valley 20,182.5 223,947 Maralal H.E Moses Kasainie Lenolkulal H.E Julius Lesseto Lawrence Maison Leshoomo
026 Trans-Nzoia Rift Valley 2,469.9 818,757 Kitale H.E Patrick Simiyu Khaemba, CBS H.E Dr. Stanley Tarus Kenei Kiptoo Janet Nangabo Wanyama
027 Uasin Gishu Rift Valley 2,955.3 894,179 Eldoret H.E Jackson Kiplagat Mandago H.E Daniel Kiprotich Kiplagat Gladys Jepkosgei-Boss Shollei
028 Elgeyo-Marakwet Rift Valley 3,049.7 369,998 Iten H.E Eng. Alex Tanui Tolgos H.E Wisley Rotich Kipyegon Jane Jepkorir Kiptoo Chebaibai
029 Nandi Rift Valley 2,884.5 752,965 Kapsabet H.E Stephen Kipyego Sang H.E Dr. Yulita Mitei Chebotip Tecla Chebet Tum
030 Baringo Rift Valley 11,075.3 555,561 Kabarnet H.E Stanely K Kiptis H.E Jacob Kurui Chepkwony Gladwell Jesire Cheruiyot
031 Laikipia Rift Valley 8,696.1 399,227 Nanyuki H.E Hon Ndiritu Muriithi H.E John Mwaniki Mathenge Catherine Wanjiku Waruguru
032 Nakuru Rift Valley 7,509.5 1,603,325 Nakuru H.E Hon Lee Maiyani Kinyanjui H.E Erick Kipkoech Korir Chelule Chepkorir Liza
033 Narok Rift Valley 17,921.2 850,920 Narok H.E Samuel Kuntai Ole Tunai H.E Evalyn Aruasa Chepkirui Roselinda Soipan Tuya
034 Kajiado Rift Valley 21,292.7 687,312 Kajiado H.E Joseph Jama Ole Lenku,EGH H.E Martin Moshisho Martin Janet Marania Teyiaa
035 Kericho Rift Valley 2,454.5 752,396 Kericho H.E Prof. Paul Chepkwony Kiprono H.E Susan Kikwai Chepkoech Florence Chepngetich Koskey
036 Bomet Rift Valley 1,997.9 730,129 Bomet H.E Hon. DR. Joyce Laboso Cherono H.E Dr. Hillary Barchok Kipngeno Joyce Korir Chepkoech
037 Kakamega Western 3,033.8 1,660,651 Kakamega H.E Hon. Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya, EGH H.E Philip Museve Kutima Elsie Busihile Muhanda
038 Vihiga Western 531.3 554,622 Vihiga H.E Hon. Dr. Wilber Khasilwa Ottichilo H.E DR. Patrick Lumumba Saisi Beatrice Kahai Adagala
039 Bungoma Western 2,206.9 1,375,063 Bungoma H.E Hon Dr. Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati H.E Prof. Charles Ngome Kibanani Catherine Nanjala Wambilianga
040 Busia Western 1,628.4 743,946 Busia H.E Hon. Sospeters Odeke Ojaamong H.E Moses Okhoba Mulomi Florence Mwikali Mutua
041 Siaya Nyanza 2,496.1 842,304 Siaya H.E Cornel Amoth Rasanga H.E James Okumbe Ouko Ombaka Christine Oduor
042 Kisumu Nyanza 2,009.5 968,909 Kisumu(City) H.E Hon Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o EGH H.E Dr. Mathew Owili Rozaah Akinyi Buyu
043 Homa Bay Nyanza 3,154.7 963,794 Homa Bay H.E Cyprian Archelius Awiti H.E Hamilton Orata Onyango Gladys Atieno Nyasuna Wanga
044 Migori Nyanza 2,586.4 917,170 Migori H.E Zakaria Okoth Obado H.E Nelson Mahanga Mwaita Pamela Awuor Ochieng
045 Kisii Nyanza 1,317.9 1,152,282 Kisii H.E James Omariba Ongwae,CBS ,OGW,EBS H.E Joash Maangi Gongera Janet Ongera
046 Nyamira Nyanza 912.5 598,252 Nyamira H.E John Obiero Nyagarama H.E Amos Nyaribo Kimwomi Jerusha Mongina Momanyi
047 Nairobi (County) Nairobi (Province) 694.9 3,138,369 Nairobi (City) H.E Hon. Mike Sonko Mbuvi Esther Muthoni Rosanna Passaris

Table 1: County Information

County Information